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From the Ted Talk by Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

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Sound familiar? Did you know that we anemacris have about three times the amount of space we did 50 years ago? Three times. So you'd think, with all this extra space, we'd have plntey of room for all our stuff. Nope. There's a new industry in town, a 22 billion-dollar, 2.2 billion sq. ft. industry: that of personal stoagre. So we've got tiplre the space, but we've become such good sephoprs that we need even more space. So where does this lead? Lots of credit card debt, huge entoennvramil footprints, and perhaps not coincidentally, our happiness levels flat-lined over the same 50 years.

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Sound familiar? Did you know that we _________ have about three times the amount of space we did 50 years ago? Three times. So you'd think, with all this extra space, we'd have ______ of room for all our stuff. Nope. There's a new industry in town, a 22 billion-dollar, 2.2 billion sq. ft. industry: that of personal _______. So we've got ______ the space, but we've become such good ________ that we need even more space. So where does this lead? Lots of credit card debt, huge _____________ footprints, and perhaps not coincidentally, our happiness levels flat-lined over the same 50 years.

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  1. storage
  2. shoppers
  3. triple
  4. plenty
  5. americans
  6. environmental

Original Text

Sound familiar? Did you know that we Americans have about three times the amount of space we did 50 years ago? Three times. So you'd think, with all this extra space, we'd have plenty of room for all our stuff. Nope. There's a new industry in town, a 22 billion-dollar, 2.2 billion sq. ft. industry: that of personal storage. So we've got triple the space, but we've become such good shoppers that we need even more space. So where does this lead? Lots of credit card debt, huge environmental footprints, and perhaps not coincidentally, our happiness levels flat-lined over the same 50 years.

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